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FDR Law ranked in Legal 500

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FDR Law have been ranked under Corporate and Commercial, Contentious Trusts and Probates and Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate in the latest set of results announced yesterday. 

To be recognised in The Legal 500 in the UK is a huge achievement as there is strong competition in each category across the region.  Last year was a difficult year for everyone so we are delighted to have maintained our rankings in the Commercial and Private Client categories and managed to secure a new ranking under Contentious Trusts and Probates. 

Mark Lockett CEO commented ''We are all very proud of this achievement as it demonstrates how highly clients regard us and enhances our reputation in a very competitive legal sector.  FDR Law is a fantastic firm with a great team providing excellent legal services to new and long-standing private and commercial clients of the firm''.

The following are extract from www.legal500.com:

Corporate and Commercial

Cheshire-based FDR Law advises national companies, regional businesses, and shareholders on acquisitions and disposals, contentious and non-contentious commercial issues, and corporate governance matters. The team is overseen by Stephen Woodall, who leads on commercial matters, and the 'exceptional' Margaret Evans, who heads up the corporate team and has expertise in share and asset based transactions. John King and Stephen Poyner are also regular contributors to the corporate and commercial teams respectively, and both have expertise in litigation as well as advisory work.

Practice head(s): Stephen Woodall; Margaret Evans

Other key lawyers: John King; Stephen Poyner


‘Efficient and exceptional professional advice’

‘Margaret Evans was exceptional with her professional help and advice and we highly recommend FDR Law. She was quick to respond to queries and very approachable.’

‘The practice knows our situation and the same people deal with the specific topic which saves having to continually going through the issues. They also are very knowledgeable in their field and so can answer the queries we have.’

Contentious Trusts and Probates

FDR Law acts for defendents and claimants in will and probate matters, with expertise in matters ranging from Inheritance Act matters to professional negligence claims related to this area. The private client team draws on the assistance of the firm's corporate, commercial and real estate practices to provide a broad service to clients. Stephen Lawson is the key name to note in the practice, with longstanding expertise in this area.

Practice head(s): Stephen Lawson


‘The team, headed by the hugely knowledgeable Stephen Lawson, brings great expertise and breadth of experience to high value and complex disputes. They are able to find solutions to the most challenging problems and really go more than the extra mile to achieve results for their clients. Their specialist insights and technical knowledge are invaluable in a fiendishly difficult field.’

‘FDR has a team able to deal with a wide variety of legal issues and includes highly experienced specialist solicitors.’

‘I was directed towards FDR Law as being a firm who could deal with my particular issue with competence and knowledge. Steven Lawson’s name was particularly singled out as one who would best suit my need. During my dealings with Mr Lawson I have found the staff at FDR very efficient and pleasant always willing to help. Most of the correspondence has been by email and it her has never been a problem. Any invoices have been dealt with efficiently and easy over the telephone.’

Work highlights

  • Advised wife in multi million-pound inheritance dispute relating to her late husband’s estate. Numerous claims made, including re the validity of the will, removal of wife as executrix, estoppel claims, land issues and reconstitution of title for over 400 acres of land, tax issues and defending committal proceedings for breach of injunction.
  • Acted as a court appointed personal representative of the estate of a Knight of the Realm, as proposed to the court by Penelope Reed QC. International dispute involving assets in England and assets in New York, complex issues re domicile and whether or not the estate is insolvent.

Private Client – Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

FDR Law experienced turnover in its private client team during 2020, as Nina Sperring joined the team from Bartletts Solicitors Limited and Ian Sydenham and Simon Cieluch departed, joining Jolliffe & Co LLP and Myerson Solicitors LLP respectively. Under Sperring's lead, the team continues to advise clients throughout the North West on tax planning, estate administration and will preparation. Solicitor Stephen MacKeller is also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s): Nina Sperring; Stephen Lawson

Other key lawyers: Stephen MacKeller


‘The firm provides a more personal approach than some of the very large “city centre” legal firms.’

‘I have found the individuals to have a detailed knowledge of their clients’ backgrounds etc, often due to the fact the firm has acted for its clients for a significant number of years.’

‘Friendly, respond to emails, understand the process and have realistic expectations.’